Daniel Politi para Today’s Papers en Slate Magazine
USA Today leads with the latest from the Democratic presidential race as Sens. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama prepare for Tuesday’s critical primaries. Both candidates were in Ohio yesterday and traded critical words on familiar issues, including Obama’s inexperience and Clinton’s poor judgment for voting to authorize the Iraq invasion.
Pressure continued to grow on Clinton to drop out of the presidential race if she doesn’t get good results out of Tuesday’s primary. New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson characterized it as “D-Day” and said: “Whoever has the most delegates after Tuesday, a clear lead, should be, in my judgment, the nominee.” But as the WP reminds readers, “Obama has such a big lead in pledged delegates that there is virtually no way Clinton can overtake him on Tuesday.” Advisers are hoping that she’ll be able to keep her candidacy going by winning the popular vote, even if that means they’ll both get about the same number of delegates. The NYT points out that Clinton’s campaign “has been steadily managing expectations” and is now suggesting she can keep going as long as she wins Ohio.
The LAT fronts an overview piece looking into the internal problems and squabbles that brought problems to Clinton’s campaign and contributed to her current predicament. There have been a number of turf wars as her staffers have been constantly plagued by a debate over whether Clinton’s defeats were a question of organization or message. Even as Clinton continues to be optimistic about her prospects, it seems some of her most high-level staffers are quickly trying to distance themselves. Strategist Mark Penn, who has often been pointed to as a source of conflict, tells the LAT that his influence has been largely exaggerated and he had “no direct authority in the campaign.”